Fellows & Special Appointments



The School of Media and Public Affairs draws fellows, visiting scholars and research faculty from leading professional organizations and academic institutions around the world.


Current Appointments


Babak Bahador
Director of the Media and Peacebuilding Project, Associate Research Professor

Jeffrey Blount
Journalist in Residence, Shapiro Fellow

Emma Briant

Dante Chinni
Director of the American Communities Project, Research Professor

Trevor Davis
Research Professor

David Ensor
Director of the Project for Media and National Security

Olivier Knox
Terker Distinguished Fellow

Robert Ogburn
Visiting Scholar

Karl Stoltz
Visiting State Department Public Diplomacy Fellow

Shawn Turner
Terker Distinguished Fellow

Fellowship and Research Opportunities

Terker Distinguished Fellows

SMPA's Terker Fellows program brings exceptional practitioners in media, political communication and public affairs to the school for a year-long program including class discussions, public events and career advising with students.

Past fellows include Rep. Brendan Boyle, White House correspondent April Ryan, political broadcast journalist Ed Henry, former Sen. Bob Bennett, former Assistant Secretary of State for Public Affairs P.J. Crowley and the first official videographer of the White House, Arun Chaudhary. The program is funded by the generosity of the parents of an SMPA alumna.

Shapiro Fellows

Our Shapiro Fellows program allows unique professionals the opportunity to teach one SMPA class for a semester and participate in school activities. Past fellows include The New York Times writer Thomas Edsall, former Under Secretary of State Tara Sonenshine and former longtime White House Correspondent Helen Thomas.


If you are interested in applying for a professional fellowship, contact Professor Silvio Waisbord at [email protected]. If you are interested in supporting these programs, please contact [email protected].